If you’re looking for top-of-the-scale luxury in Buenos Aires, check yourself into one of these swanky hotels. You won’t be disappointed.
Not only is director Francis Ford Coppola the brains behind some epic works of cinema, he’s also the proud owner of one of Buenos Aires’ most exclusive boutique hotels, Jardin Escondido, in the heart of the trendy Palermo Soho district. Seven beautifully designed guest rooms are set around a luscious private garden that features a heated pool, terrace and outdoor kitchen for asados. A sommelier is on call throughout your stay to assist in your choice of grape. And there’s Coppola’s collection of classic movies to work your way through on a rainy day. The trend for those flush with cash is to hire out the whole place but it is possible to just get a room.
Gorriti 4746, Palermo Soho, coppolajardinescondido.com
Alvear Palace Hotel
This palatial, Louis XIV-style establishment, situated in Buenos Aires’s ritzy Recoleta district, is grandiose with a capital ‘G’ and is one of the city’s oldest and most famous hotels. The phrase ‘no expense is spared’ springs to mind. The deluxe rococo-style guest rooms, most of which are suites, feature antique furnishings and works of art from the hotel’s private collection. The hotel’s La Bourgogne restaurant offers some of the finest French cuisine in the city. What’s more, you get your own personal butler to pack and unpack for you and bath products custom designed by chic French brand Hermès.
Avenida Alvear 1891, tel: (+54 11) 4808 2100, www.alvearpalace.com
Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt
Just down the road from the Alvear Palace Hotel is another lap of luxury vying for your attention, albeit in a more minimalist fashion. The Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt is a slick, modern establishment offering state-of-the-art comfort. The opulent hotel has the choice of three fine dining restaurants, its own art gallery, the luxury Ahin Wellness Spa, a 25-meter indoor swimming pool as well as a larger than life vinoteca that will impress even the snobbiest of wine connoisseurs.
Avenida Alvear 1661, tel: (+54 11) 5171 1234, www.buenosaires.park.hyatt.com
Faena Hotel + Universe
You may find yourself rubbing shoulders with rockstars and fashion designers at Faena Hotel + Universe, one of the city’s most-talked-about boutique hotels. The chic Philippe Starck-designed accommodation has picked up numerous awards, and for good reason. Located along the fashionable Puerto Madero strip, the converted factory is full of chandeliers and modish design features. During the day, people watch by the pool or pamper yourself in the Turkish style hamam before enjoying a very English-style afternoon tea in the Library lounge. Spend your evenings sampling the over 400 wines from the Cellar or catching a show in the hotel’s very own cabaret bar.
445 Martha Salotti, Puerto Madero, tel: (+54 11) 4010 9000, www.faenahotelanduniverse.com
As the name suggests, this luxury boutique hotel is a celebration of Argentina’s legends and envelopes you in the history and culture of Argentina in a very tasteful, thematic manner. Each of the eleven smartly-appointed guest rooms is named after and inspired by a different character from the country’s colorful history, from ‘El Pintor’ Benito Quinquela Martin to ‘El Tanguero’ Carlos Gardel and, of course, ‘La Primera Dama’ Eva Perron. There is also a well-stocked library of books and objets d’art to further educate you and a wooden terrace and hot tub for sunning yourself while you read.
Gurruchaga 1848, Palermo Soho, tel: (+54 11) 4833 1300, www.legadomitico.com
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